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Two Flypasts announced for Battle of Britain Weekend

3rd September 2013

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be commemorating the Battle of Britain, considered the most important event in Royal Air Force history, with a nostalgic weekend of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy. A main highlight for visitors over the weekend will be a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster on Saturday 14th and a Spitfire flypast on Sunday 15th September 2013 (weather permitting).


From Coconut's to Swingboats, Edwardian celebrations at Dudmaston Hall

21st August 2013

A local National Trust property are turning back the clocks for the August Bank Holiday weekend at Dudmaston in order to remember Rachel, Lady Labouchere, the property’s last chatelaine’s birth and her uncle taking over the running of the estate.


Apley Walled Gardens Tour - Tuesday 20 August 2013

16th August 2013

The Apley Walled Gardens have recently been brought back into production for the first time in 50 years. They are now managed by our Head Gardener Phil Allen, who has started producing a large range of vegetables, many of which are unusual, old and interesting varieties.


Painstaking conservation of Dornier 17 is underway

15th August 2013

Just eight short weeks have passed since the world’s last surviving Dornier Do 17 was salvaged from the bottom of the Dover Straits and delivered to the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford, Shropshire, for conservation. Since its arrival, significant progress has been made in treating some of the aircrafts smaller components, several of which are now on display at the Museum. As the long process of conserving the airframe begins, we take a look at the work carried out to date.


Gold Award Winning Shropshire

12th August 2013

Food business across Shropshire have together collected 36 gold stars in the 2013 Great Taste Awards. The awards have been run by The Guild of Fine Food since 1994, providing a way for consumers to be able to identify products recognised for their 'great taste'.


Get fit and get involved at Dudmaston in September

6th August 2013

Building on the success of last year’s event Dudmaston will once again be holding their annual 5k and 10k fun runs through the estate on 21st September 2013.


Busy End of Summer in Store for Bridgnorth Caravan Park

25th July 2013

A five star touring caravan park at Bridgnorth is gearing up for what promises to be a very busy August and September, with a series of exciting local events attracting visitors to this attractive part of east Shropshire.


Ironbridge Park and Ride service Reopens for School Holidays

19th July 2013

Ironbridge Park & Ride will reopen this weekend (Saturday 20th July 2013) to make visiting Ironbridge even easier this summer


Summer Family Fun at Dudmaston

19th July 2013

A local National Trust attraction, Dudmaston Estate, is inviting families to come and enjoy lots of fun activities with them over the school summer holidays.


Ironbridge in Top 100 nominations for VirtualTourist's 8th Wonder of the World

17th July 2013

Interim results for VirtualTourist.com's quest to crown the "8th Wonder of the World" show that Ironbridge is currently in the Top 100 out of 350 nominations. Public voting remains open through September 30th 2013.


Food Festival Serves Up More Treats: Cosford Food Festival 27-28 July 2013

3rd July 2013

Later this month, food lovers from across the Midlands will get the chance to sample some of the region’s best cooked dishes and tastiest treats, as Cosford holds its first ever food festival.


Celebrate your local with Shropshire Star Pub Week

28th June 2013

Next week (1st July 2013) the Shropshire Star paper will celebrate "loyal landlords and creative chefs, the perfect pint and the pucker pie" and they want to hear from you about your local.


20th - 21st July 2013: Model aircraft take to the Shropshire skies

21st June 2013

Intricate models of some of the world's most iconic aircraft will be taking to the skies over Shropshire next month for a weekend of flying entertainment. Model enthusiasts from across the country will travel to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford for this famous air show in miniature.


Summer map themed tile decorating workshops at Jackfield Tile Museum: 30th July - 30th August 2013

20th June 2013

Let your creativity run wild this summer at the marvellous map themed tile decorating workshops at Jackfield Tile Museum in Shropshire's Ironbridge Gorge. Design a tile map of your home, school or favourite hot spot in your own choice of colours using the Victorian tube lining technique.


Dornier Do 17 arrives at RAF Museum Cosford

17th June 2013

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford took delivery of the world’s last surviving Dornier Do 17 on Saturday 15th June, recently salvaged from the bottom of the English Channel. The fuselage and wings were escorted from Ramsgate, Kent, to the Museum by two low loader lorries.


Dress as a Pirate and join in Blists Hill Victorian Town's Treasure Island Weekend 27th - 28th July 2013

13th June 2013

Dress as a pirate or your favourite character from Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel, Treasure Island, and go along to Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge over the summer weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July. The open air museum is running a fun, literary themed event with actors recreating scenes from the popular maritime book of mutiny and buried treasure.


Dudmaston Celebrates Father’s Day with Gamekeepers of the Past

12th June 2013

Dudmaston is preparing for a great way for families to celebrate Father’s Day with their Gamekeepers of the Past event this Sunday 16th June 2013.


Meet the animals living at Blists Hill Victorian Town on Saturday 20th July

11th June 2013

Discover more about the many animals living at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire's Ironbridge Gorge on Saturday, 20th July 2013. Chat to their keepers, watch the horses being harnessed, meet the pigs and see the chickens in their enclosure behind the New Inn.



Flying display honours National Service Veterans

28th May 2013

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster will be taking to the skies over Shropshire in honour of the thousands of National Service RAF veterans. This iconic aircraft will perform for visitors and guests at the National Service (RAF) Association parade, taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Sunday 2nd June 2013.


Bridgnorth Taking Part in National Love Your Local Market Campaign

24th May 2013

The national Love Your Local Market campaign is in its second year and among those taking part is Bridgnorth market, which will be distributing special bags to customers tomorrow (25th May 2013).


Outdoor concert to hit the right note

17th May 2013

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be staging a ‘Proms in the Park’ concert on 6th July 2013 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of RAF Cosford. This spectacular outdoor party will not only feature classic and modern music but also two aerobatic displays and a fireworks pageant that will end the night on a climatic note.


Get Snapping in Dudmaston Estate Photo Competition

16th May 2013

A local national trust property has recently launched its very first photographic competition and they are looking forward to getting everyone involved.


Severn Valley timewarps back to the age of the 'Mechanical Horse'

13th May 2013

Rare survivor: one of the tiny handful of working examples of a Scammell Mechanical Horse, in Great Western Railway chocolate & cream livery, seen at the Severn Valley Railway's Bewdley station. For high resolution copies of this and other images, please scroll down to the end of this release.


Wolves legend Ron Flowers shares footballing memories

9th May 2013

Ex England and Wolverhampton Wanderers Midfielder, Ron Flowers, will be visiting the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford to assist the Museum with their on-going project which examines the lives of footballers who served in the RAF, during and after the Second World War. Ron, now aged 79 will be visiting the Museum on Friday 10th May 2013 at 10.30am to meet with the Museum’s Access and Learning Team who are leading the research project.


Shropshire County Hotels Unveil New Website

7th May 2013

A group of ten luxury hotels in Shropshire joined forces nearly 20 years ago, are set to unveil a new-look website www.visitshropshirehotels.com to promote their accommodation, short breaks, restaurants and wedding and conference facilities under the umbrella brand of 'Shropshire County Hotels'.


Gardens and May Day Celebrations at Dudmaston Hall

30th April 2013

Dudmaston Hall will once again be helping to support the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 4th May 2013 as they hold an open gardens event for the National Charity.


Nepal Trip for Live the Adventure Staff

30th April 2013

Live the Adventure's worldwide travel staff have just returned from a successful trip to Nepal providing Western Rescue 3 certification and training for Nepali guides employed by some of Nepal’s top rafting companies.


Finally it's 'GO' for Severn Valley's new diesel maintenance depot

21st March 2013

CONSTRUCTION of the diesel maintenance depot which Severn Valley Railway diesel locomotive owners have sought for more than 20 years, is to go ahead at Kidderminster later this year, following approval of the Railway’s planning application by Wyre Forest District Council.


Shropshire outdoor pursuits specialists, Live the Adventure, in Stottesdon, are offering a free fun day out for all the family

20th March 2013

Visitors to Live the Adventure will be offered the chance to try a new outdoor pursuit, a cross between surfing and canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, at the centre's annual open day next month. The event will be held in aid of the Riding for the Disabled Association, on Sunday April 28 between 11am-4pm.


Severn Valley lures gala crowds with FOUR 'guest celebrity' engines

18th March 2013

THE SEVERN Valley Railway raises the curtain on its 43rd season of operation on Friday with its three-day 'Spring Steam Gala' spectacular - and once again it is the line-up of beautifully restored 'guest celebrity' steam locomotives which are expected to draw in the big crowds.


Volunteers save Severn Valley Railway £40k in Victoria Bridge repair project

15th March 2013

WORKING through some of the rawest days of the winter, in sub-zero temperatures and in snow, a team of volunteers has saved the Severn Valley Railway around £40,000 by taking on specialist repair work on the line’s iconic Victoria Bridge, instead of tendering the work out to contractors.


Shropshire Farm Shops Win Major National Awards

18th February 2013

THE Ludlow Food Centre and Apley Farm Shop near Bridgnorth have been recognised with major awards from the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association.


It's half-term...and cream-tea trains at the Severn Valley!

15th February 2013

THE Severn Valley Railway returns to full operation tomorrow (Saturday February 16th 2013), running its steam trains over the next nine days to coincide with local schools’ half-term holidays. But it’s not only schoolchildren that the Kidderminster - Bridgnorth heritage line is hoping to attract.


'Open Cockpits' tickets on sale 18th February 2013

13th February 2013

300 tickets for the popular aviation enthusiasts' event 'Open Cockpits Evening' at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, will go on sale from Monday 18th February through the Royal Air Force Museum’s website. This exclusive evening will commence at 6pm on Saturday 18th May with a wide range of aircraft available for close viewing on the night: including transport aircraft, jet fighters and unique research airframes.


Model Half Term Fun - Quick as Lightning

11th February 2013

This February Half Term, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is inviting families to celebrate one of the great jets of English aviation by participating in a fun model making activity. Taking place from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February 2013, each visitor will have the opportunity to build their own Airfix 1:72 Lightning, amongst the real aircraft of the Museum.


Create a model ceramic house for Easter at Coalport China Museum

4th February 2013

Go along to Coalport China Museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge during the Easter school holidays and join-in family ceramic workshops to create a model house, real or fantasy, to your own design. These sessions will take place weekdays from 1st - 5th and 8th - 12th April 2013.


Bikers invited to start the season off in style

1st February 2013

Bikers from Shropshire and the wider Midlands area are invited to start the season off in style on Sunday 21st April 2013. A combined ‘Bike Fest’ and ‘Bike 4 Life’ event is being held at RAF Museum Cosford in support for two local charities - the Midlands Air Ambulance and Royal Air Force Museum.


Severn Valley Railway plumps for Valentine’s Day...on February 16th!

30th January 2013

EVERYBODY knows that St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th. But the Severn Valley Railway is to run its annual dining train 'special' for sweethearts and lovers two days later this year - on Saturday February 16th 2013 - for two very good reasons.


New Poliakoff drama puts Severn Valley Railway on prime time telly

30th January 2013

LOCAL viewers tuning in to the new Stephen Poliakoff BBC2 drama series 'Dancing on the Edge' which airs on Monday February 4th 2013 (9pm) might spot something strangely familiar about 'Folkestone' station, which features in the five-part drama.


Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site ranked first in the UK and second in the world by TripAdvisor

10th January 2013

Telford & Wrekin’s Ironbridge Gorge has beaten off stiff competition to be the 2012 most highly recommended UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK according to the TripAdvisor traveller community. It also takes second place in the world behind the Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa, China and ahead of the Egyptian Pyramids and India’s Taj Mahal.


Easter Fun and Egg Dancing at Blists Hill Victorian Town

10th January 2013

Join the residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge in Shropshire as they celebrate Easter over the Bank holiday from Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April 2013.


TRIPADVISOR REVEALS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES MOST RECOMMENDED BY TRAVELLERS

8th January 2013

Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge ranks at second place in the world.


BR's 'last steam engine' is surprise visitor to the SVR

13th December 2012

THE STEAM locomotive which worked British Rail’s very last main line steam train almost 45 years ago in 1968, is a surprise Christmas visitor to the Severn Valley Railway.


Mum’s the word! SVR in ‘secret’ 50mph steam trials

5th December 2012

IT IS often said that in the world of railway preservation, nothing is secret - but the Severn Valley Railway has just concluded two days of ‘hush-hush’ test running with the steam locomotive that will launch London Underground’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the new year - and, say it quietly… hardly anyone knew a thing about it!


The First Air War in 100 Objects

16th November 2012

With the Centenary of the First World War just 18 months away, the Royal Air Force Museum is asking members of the public what objects from its archives they would like to see displayed in a narrative that will explain the role of aviation in this momentous event.


Severn Valley Santa trains heading for a sell-out

5th November 2012

THE GROTTOS are ready, the faint tinkle of sleighbells can be heard on the wind, and Santa is on his way. Yes, Christmas IS still almost two months away, but the Severn Valley Railway is already posting ‘sorry, sold out’ notices on many of the 100 ‘Santa Steam Special’ trains it will be running next month.


New Style of Restaurant comes to Shropshire

31st October 2012

A talented young Chef from Shropshire is bringing a new style of restaurant to his home county by launching ‘The Glutton Club’, together with his new fine food catering business, Curious Eats.


Ghostly Gaslight at Blists Hill

26th October 2012

Tickets still available for 27th October 2012 - get yours now!


Free special offer vouchers for October half term

25th October 2012

With October half term nearly upon us, Shropshire Tourism is reminding Shropshire residents to take advantage of exclusive special offers for local attractions, as part of their ongoing ‘Shropshire Days Out’ promotion.



The Modern Olympic Games


The 2012 Olympic Mascot, Wenlock, was created to celebrate the fact that the modern Olympic movement all started in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

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